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will go face to face in their first debate of the campaign. the president and romney off the campaign trail as they prepare for a game on in the debates. with the president pull ahead in the polls many say this debate is important for romney. >> don't think anyone would suggest the debates aren't important. i can't tell you how important it'll be. >> reporter: analysts say the first could make or break. the president report lid held up preparing to confront romney. >> closer to home high school students were hitting the streets this weekend with a message. the group intersection went door to door through northeast baltimore asking others to support the dream act with question four on the ballot in november and it would allow illegal immigrants to pay the discounted in-state tuition price if they attend maryland high schools and if they have filed tax returns. there. are a lot of people who work hard in school do their best and try and really deserve to go to college. >> opponents say it costs the state money. they have enough signatures and pushed to a vote saying they don't deserv
of three debates. and the first debates almost always help the challenger. mitt romney needs it. it's a tight race, he's behind. >> and tonight, to cover it all, our team, inside the debate hall. and keeping watch in our fact check desk, and also, with us right here in the studio, the insiders from both parties, ready to weigh in on who woman and the big moments we'll remember tomorrow. >> the moderator tonight, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderat 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues. and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15-minute seg
romney, he's a great debater. >> reporter: the with the razor-thin lead among voters, when voters are asked who they expect to win, 63% of voters told us they think the president will win in november. as for the all important debate, 56% said they expect the president to win. both campaigns deep into it, both trying to lower expectations. with one noted exception, republican chris christie telling george, expect a difference race. >> when we get to thursday morning, george, you'll be shaking your head saying it's a brand new race. >> reporter: and christi's response -- >> stop lying. he's saying that the wealthy will pay just as much. >> reporter: he will lower tax rates across the board but lower common deductions, too. with the new poll showing the majority expecting the president to win the debate, the president's focus will be to avoid unforced errors. like president bush checking his watch. and then taking that awkward step towards george w. bush. >> so many believe that al gore had invaded george bush's personal space there. we had a poll asking who would you like to see on
night for the white house. president obama and mitt romney facing off in the first crucial debate in denver. overnight polls give romney the win. the question, now, will it boost him enough in those key battleground states? >> it was the most-tweeted event in social history. our political team is standing by with a full roundup of the night. and what this means for both candidates, with just 33 days to go until the final vote. >> we're closing in right now. and josh and sam, you had a special visit yesterday. robin tweeted out the first v picture since her transplant in the visit. >> sam and i went, hoping to raise her spirits. the morning after, our spirits remain raised. it was a beautiful afternoon. >> can't wait to hear more about it. >>> let's get more about the first big debate. "your voice, your vote." our power political team is covering all of the angles. jake, even president obama's team is conceding that mitt romney gained ground last night. >> that's right, george. obama campaign officials conceding that romney seems more polished. they say they expect he will get a bu
show mitt romney getting a real bounce out of the debate. >>> also ahead, we'll have the latest on the escalating meningitis outbreak. the number of cases more than doubling over the weekend to 91. dr. besser joining us with what you need to know right now. >>> and we have some big news for one of our family members, sam. [ applause ] >> over the weekend, do you want to tell us, or shall i? >> i got engaged. [ applause ] >> thank you. yeah, thank you very much. and the amazing response from folks all over the country was just incredible for us. and i thank you. and we'll talk about that. >> we have a wedding to plan. so excited, sam. we'll talk more about that comingp. >>> that's right, sam is leading off the show because we have freezing weather headlines with the freezing temperatures, look at that snow, so many people across the country, waking up to a big chill over the weekend. hundreds of record ws. sam, the man of the hour, has been tracking is overnight. >> good morning, amy, thank you very much. the chill this weekend, so cold, as a matter of fact, temperatures in the 2
that governor romney and president obama haven't addressed gun violence in a concrete specific way. basically demanding a plan from pote of them in -- both of them in the demand of a presidential debate in denver. >> it a coalition of more than 700 mayors including baltimore city mayor stephanie rawlings blake and josh cowen. >>> with five weeks to go until the presidential election, both are preparing for the debate in colorado. president barack obama is in henderson, nevada, conducting a strategy run through, republican nominee, mitt romney, is in denver, he attend ad rally last night, previewing a line on the attack. >> we've had 43 straight months with unemployment ove 8%. what does the president have to say? he says forward. i think forewarned is a better term. >> according to the latest abc washington post poll, 56% of americans think the president will win the debate. watch the action wednesday night beginning at 9:00 he on abc 2. >>> delegate anthony o'donnell will be in college park. he is running for congress, and will be the guest speaker at the college republican. he is a minority
, already inside the debate hall. and political contributor, matthew dowd here with me. unlikely mitt romney is going to bring up this tape tonight. but the governor is behind nationally. and especially in the key battleground states. do they think they have to shake things up tonight? >> reporter: they absolutely do, george. i talked to a half-dozen advisers over the next 24 hours. and they agree. they have to establish three things. he has to offer a blistering critique of the president. the second thing, though, is criticism within his own party that he needs to offer more details. forward-looking specifics. expected to offer a little more about his tax plan. there's been questions about the tax cuts across the board. which deductions would he eliminate? he's been practicing with that question. they would be surprised, stunned, in fact, if the 47% comments did not come up during this debate. heeds been practicing on that, as well. and lastly, this is their words, he doesn't have to win a charm conte contest, a charm offensive on this stage. he does need to connect with americans and the p
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